The longest tenured and winngest coach in Buffalo Sabres history is getting another crack at a head coaching job in the National Hockey League.
The Devils are not necessarily built to win right away, but if Ruff can get the likes of Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier turned in the right direction, he'll have a shot to enter the top-five in NHL history in wins. Ruff is currently sixth in NHL history with 736 wins, sitting 46 wins behind the late Al Arbour and 113 wins behind retired coach Ken Hitchcock. If Ruff can get to a third season in New Jersey, he should catch both. However, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice is just seven wins behind Ruff and is six years younger.
In his last head coaching job, Ruff saw some success with the Dallas Stars from 2013 to 2017. In those four seasons, Ruff made the playoffs twice, making the second round in the 2016-17 season.